This is what is happening in my birth country right now. 90% of my family lives in this country right now. Please, if it isn’t much trouble, reblog this video and spread the word. Please, keep my country of Venezuela in your prayers, good thoughts, etc. Anything. While some may think that prayers are pointless, awareness shines through. Thank you for listening.
sorry about the spam guys , but I can not ignore the fact that my country is about to go on civil war ! I can not shut up to that!
OUR SOLDIERS ARE KILLING US ! THE GOVERNMENT IS SENDING THEIR ARMED GANGS TO SHOOT US DOWN ! THEY HAVE SENSORED ALL MEDIA IN THE COUNTRY! EVEN SHUT DOWN A CABLE CHANNEL FOR BROADCAST THE SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY! WE HAVE NO WEAPONS NOT ANYTHING BUT OUR RIGHT TO PROTEST AGAINST THIS CORRUPT GOVERNMENT! WE ARE JUST STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM! FOR OUR COUNTRY! SOCIAL NETWORKS ARE OUR ONLY COMMUNICATION WAY!
I KNOW I’M NOT A TUMBLR FAMOUS , BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE MY FOLLOWERS , COULD YOU GUYS HELP SPREAD THE WORD? WE NEED ALL THE HELP POSSIBLE!
Dear International Editor: Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudd…
“After the major crackdown on the streets of major (and minor) Venezuelan cities last night, I expected some kind of response in the major international news outlets this morning. I understand that with an even bigger and more photogenic freakout ongoing in an even more strategically important country, we weren’t going to be front-page-above-the-fold, but I’m staggered this morning to wake up, scan the press and find…
Ana Marie Cox: What Tom Perkins and Co donât know can only make the rest of us stronger
“The use of a Nazi metaphor is so provocative, and apologizing for it is so vital, that it’s easy to lose sight of what else is wrong with the Perkins analogy: it’s not the rich who are being attacked; they are now the ones doing the attacking. The metaphor was terrible – and he got it backwards anyway. There is, for instance, already one side of his imagined conflict living in ghettos. Even more to the point, there is not an epidemic of rich people dying younger and younger or becoming sicker and sicker. Would it comfort Tom Perkins to know that the “life expectancy gap” in America is widening even more quickly as that of income? In 1980, the richest Americans could expect to live about 1.8 years longer than poorest; by 2000, they could expect to live 4.5 years longer, a jump of almost 40 percent. Meanwhile, income inequality has increased by 25 percent.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee appears to be registering donation websites using the names of Democratic candidates in the URL, distinguished from an official campaign site only by plain text reading “donate to help defeat” below the candidate’s name. Donations from all these sites currently redirect as donations to the NRCC.
There’s a formula, obviously, and it’s being applied to at least a half a dozen candidates already: pages using the same template, all redirecting to the RNCC, exist for the Democratic candidates Alex Sink, Martha Robertson, John Lewis, and Domenic Recchia at the time of this writing.
These are not presented as Republican sites, nor are the names suggestive of opposition sites. The URLs are all, without exception, either the candidate’s name or the candidate’s name accompanied by “forcongress,” “for2014,” or some similar campaign theme.
You have to scroll all the way to the bottom to get any text that suggests Republican involvement, usually in as low-contrast a font as possible.
I’ll try to stay on top of this story and any updates, but for now you need to know at least this much: the RNCC, going into the 2014 elections, is definitely registering misleading websites that appear to support Democratic candidates for Congress, but that direct donations to the RNCC.
This is absolute desperation - the same strategy used used to sell weight-loss cures and penis pills. I can’t imagine that the Republican Party is helping restore their brand for young people with these kinds of tactics.
The Supreme Court decision was doubly unfortunate, because Republican states tend to be poorer than average and contain a disproportionate number of potential beneficiaries who are losing out. Obamacare, by virtue of distributing benefits downward, was aimed at those very people; it never occurred to the law’s architects that the vagaries of politics and law might give states a way out, and so they didn’t design a backup coverage mechanism.
Stop voting against your personal best interests, Red State America. These assholes you keep putting into government are fucking you every chance they get. (via wilwheaton)
Speaking of made up wars, Fox News’ “War on Christmas” exists pretty much entirely in their own minds — and in their lies.
Israeli leadership will skip out on attending Nelson Mandela’s funeral. While they don’t state it as the reason, the high regard Mandela’s memory enjoys among Palestinians is certain to be seen as at least a contributing factor.
The NSA and CIA spied on people play World of Warcraft. Seriously. You are literally not safe from prying eyes anywhere. This ridiculous level of domestic surveillance used to be the punchline of Yakov Smirnoff jokes. Now Smirnoff jokes don’t work: “In capitalist America, computer screen watches you. In Soviet Russia, computer screen watches you.” See, there has to be some sort of contrast.
I know these petitions are sorta meaningless sometimes but we’re at 160k or so after like 24 hours and I dream of seeing it in the literal millions. The population of the US is what, 300 million, something like that? Imagine 3 million signatures on this — full on 1% of the nation signing it. I want to register our displeasure!
You know what’s positively evil in the blame game over the government shutdown? The fact that Republicans know exactly how much damage they’re doing to real people. And that their first worry is not how to help these Americans, but how to blame Democrats for the misery. Example: conservatives get creative with editing to make it seem like Harry Reid doesn’t give a rats ass about kids with cancer. Republicans could end this shutdown in a few minutes, if they chose to. They choose not to, proving they don’t give a rat’s ass about kids with cancer. All they care about is that they don’t get blamed for any death toll. People aren’t getting food assistance, clinics are shutting down, people trying to start new small businesses are put on hold, families are losing a paycheck, and all Republicans care about is whether they can convince you it’s not all their fault — not whether they can do anything to stop it. These people are freakin’ psychopaths.
It’s official: the House has the votes to end the shutdown. All Boehner has to do is bring a clean CR to a vote. It would win.
Of course, if Republicans pass a CR — and then we get through a debt ceiling fight — without beating Obamacare, what happens? It’s a damned good question, because that’s exactly what’s going to happen eventually. The GOP — and the Tea Party especially — have been running against the Affordable Care Act for so long and so hard that it’s become their brand. Without it, they barely have a reason to exist. You think they’re crazy now? Just wait until the entire American right is in the throes of an existential crisis. It’ll be like trying to babysit a pack of insane infant weasels with boxcutters. This is really gonna suck.
A federal judge puts white nativist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on a short leash.
Finally, Butch Matthews is a prime example of what the GOP freakout over Obamacare is all about. He bought the Republican line about creeping socialism and opposed the Affordable Care Act — until he found out it’ll save him $13,000 a year as a small business owner. Now he’s a fan. People will like Obamacare — and Democrats will get voters out of it, while Republicans will be remembered as the people who not only opposed it, but lied about it.
Interpol alert goes out for Samantha Lewthwaite: While it’s not clear if the British expat really did play a role in the Nairobi mall attacks, that hasn’t stopped the international police organization from issuing a “red alert” for the so-called “White Widow,” who gained notoriety after her husband, Germaine Lindsay, was involved in the 2005 London subway bombings. Lewthwaite, who is believed to have ties to al-Shabab, has had a warrant out for her arrest for more than a year in Kenya, after she was tied to other terror attacks in the region. (Above: The fake identity that Lewthwaite used to enter Kenya.)